Does your baking rise to the challenge? Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to end childhood hunger, invites all bakers to host individual or group bake sales in their local communities during the ninth annual Great American Bake Sale’s National Challenge Weekend April 20-22. National Challenge Weekend serves up a goal of hosting 500 bake sales across the nation—at least 10 in every state—in one weekend.
The Great American Bake Sale, presented by Domino Sugar, C&H Sugar and Duncan Hines, will raise funds to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Since 2003, more than 1.2 million people have participated in the Great American Bake Sale, raising more than $8 million.
“Bake sales are one of the most endearing and most enduring fundraising ideas around,” said Great American Bake Sale Director Amy Crowell. “With one in five kids in America struggling with hunger, it’s more important than ever to get involved. In the world’s wealthiest nation, no child should grow up hungry.”
Share Our Strength uses funds raised during the Great American Bake Sale in a variety of ways. The No Kid Hungry campaign creates innovative coalitions among governors, mayors, businesses, chefs, teachers and community leaders nationwide, to connect families at risk of hunger with the programs that can help them. Combining access with education, Share Our Strength also teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program.
“Every individual and group participating in the National Challenge Weekend will bring us closer to ending childhood hunger in America,” Crowell said. For those who choose to rise to the bake sale challenge, an online Bake Sale Resource Center provides tools and tips for making every event successful and fun. Bakers will find planning checklists, templates for flyers, location and pricing advice, photography and more at the site. They can also join the bake sale community and share photos and experiences from their bake sales.
The first 300 bake sales to submit $275 or more from sales held on National Challenge Weekend will receive a Jay at Play’s Little Miss Muffin Pop N Flip toy (a 9” doll tucked inside rubber muffin cups) to thank them for their efforts.